Screen Actors Silver Anniversary Noms Narrow Oscar Field (AWARDS 2018)


There were few (but big) surprises and several disappointments at the announcement for the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The gala, now celebrating a quarter-century, is the first major industry guild to show their cards and give the strongest hint yet as to where The Academy’s acting branch will lean on their Oscar ballots.

The biggest names missing: Ethan Hawke for Male Actor in a Leading Role for First Reformed, Regina King for Supporting Female in If Beale Street Could Talk, and Toni Collette for Female Lead in Hereditary. These respected thesps have been racking up early critics group notices (Hawke and King especially), so their snubs here show that their respective campaigns need to kick it up a notch if they hope to land Oscar nominations.

Other major Oscar contenders left out: Roma, the Spanish-language film that’s been dominating Best Film wins in critics groups but has no movie stars, and old legends Clint Eastwood (The Mule) and Robert Redford (The Old Man & the Gun) in what could be their final screen roles. The goose-egg for the female-stacked thriller Widows probably has some people scratching their heads, too.

Films that weren’t ignored but were notably absent from the Cast category: The Favourite, Green Book, Vice, and Mary Poppins Returns.

The biggest surprise inclusion: Bohemian Rhapsody for Oustanding Cast. Seeing Rami Malek up for Male Actor made sense, but for the entire ensemble to make the final five really speaks to the film’s popularity, despite its critical drubbing. Still, hard to see that translating into an equivalent Best Picture nomination.

While not a surprise, the strong showing for BlacKkKlansman really boosts its prospects moving forward. Not only was the Cast and supporting actor Adam Driver nominated, but so was lead John David Washington. Actors – who comprise the biggest branch in The Academy by far – clearly love Spike Lee‘s movie.

Personally, I’m bummed that outside of Outstanding Cast Black Panther didn’t break through into the supporting categories for actor Michael B. Jordan and actresses Danai Gurira and/or Letitia Wright. I mean, did Emily Blunt need a supporting nod for A Quiet Place after her first citation in Lead for Mary Poppins Returns?

I know it doesn’t quite work that way, but it’s odd that enough members would vote for Blunt twice rather than spreading the wealth. Again, chalk that up to the fact that famous people will always win out over non-famous ones when it comes to collective voting like this.

The 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards will be handed out live on Sunday January 27, 2019 at 8pm EST/7pm CST/5pm PST, simulcast on TBS and TNT.

25th Annual

Films of 2018

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Black Panther
– BlacKkKlansman
– Bohemian Rhapsody
– Crazy Rich Asians
– A Star Is Born

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
– Christian Bale, Vice
– Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
– Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
– Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
– Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
– Glenn Close, The Wife
– Olivia Colman, The Favourite
– Lady Gaga ,A Star Is Born
– Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
– Mahershala Ali, Green Book
– Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
– Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
– Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
– Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
– Amy Adams, Vice
– Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place
– Margot Robbie, Mary Queen of Scots
– Emma Stone, The Favourite
– Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Avengers: Infinity War
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Black Panther
Mission: Impossible – Fallout

54th Life Achievement Recipient
Alan Alda

(To see the Televsion nominees, click here.)

Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2018 / 19 season:

Directors Guild of America Nominees
Writers Guild of America Nominees
Golden Globe Winners
National Society of Film Critics
Producers Guild of America Nominees
Boston Society of Film Critics
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association
Critics Choice Awards Nominees
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Toronto Film Critics Association
Philadelphia Film Critics Circle
Chicago Film Critics Association
AFI Film Awards
Detroit Film Critics Society
Atlanta Film Critics Circle
New York Film Critics Circle
The National Board of Review

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